Activists Promote Do-It-Yourself Abortions: “No Shame” in Killing Your Baby at Home

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 15, 2019   |   6:52PM   |   Washington, DC

Abortion activists now are openly promoting the same dangerous abortions that they once claimed to want to prevent.

NARAL recently praised a group called the Self-Induced Abortion Legal Team, which wants to de-stigmatize abortions that women choose to do themselves at home.

“Rather than shaming, judging, or jailing women for ending their own pregnancy or seeking medical care afterward, we must ensure that however a person decides to end a pregnancy, they can do so safely, effectively, and with dignity,” NARAL wrote on Twitter.

The Daily Beast profiled the do-it-yourself abortion group, which claims it is “safer than ever before” for women to abort their unborn babies at home.

“Non-clinical abortion isn’t something to be feared or shunned, they say: It’s just another choice under the ‘pro-choice’ umbrella,” according to the report.

Self-Induced Abortion Legal Team founder Jill Adams rolled her eyes at the coat hanger scare tactic. The coat hanger is a symbol commonly used in the pro-abortion movement to claim that women will resort to dangerous, self-induced abortions with coat hangers or unsafe drugs if abortion is made illegal.

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Adams’ mission flies in the face of this narrative.

“I know it can be difficult for some people to let go of powerful, arresting images and to update both their images and their rhetoric but it’s necessary,” Adams said. “Because this outdated notion of non-clinical abortion being dangerous or unsafe, it contributes to stigma, and that contributes to criminalization.”

Here’s more from the report:

Because of the safer procedures and a growing support network, advocates say, more women are seeing self-managed abortion as an empowered choice—not an act of desperation.

“In my experience, it isn’t necessarily that people are reaching for that choice because they don’t have any other options,” said one member of the Knoxville Abortion Doula Collective. “It’s because it’s what they actively and autonomously want to do.”

It’s unclear how many women are actually choosing this option. Because half of American states either directly or indirectly criminalize self-induced abortion, most women who take this route don’t publicize it. But the growing interest in self-managed abortions is evident in the number of organizations springing up to support it.

An infamous pro-abortion group based in the Netherlands is pushing do-it-yourself abortions as well. In October, the Food and Drug Administration began investigating Aid Access, which advertises mail-order abortion drugs to women in the U.S. It is closely linked to Women on Web and Women on Waves, Netherlands-based groups known for aborting unborn babies across the world. The group has been quietly selling abortion drugs to American women for nearly a year.

The website emphasizes that the abortion drugs mifepristone and misoprostol are very safe, but it also tells women it is “absolutely necessary” to live within an hour of a hospital “in case you lose too much blood” – an indication that the drugs are not as safe as it claims.

It also points to studies showing that one in 10 women who take the abortion drugs will have an incomplete abortion – which can lead to infection or other life-threatening complications.

Just as alarming, the website repeatedly encourages women to lie if they do experience complications. “Say you think you have had a miscarriage,” it tells women, claiming doctors may not be able to tell the difference.

The abortion drugs are responsible for the deaths of dozens of women worldwide, including several in the United States, and have injured at least 1,100 women in the United States, according to 2006 figures from the Food and Drug Administration. A Planned Parenthood study even admitted at least one woman is seriously injured from the abortion pill daily.

To abort an unborn baby, women first take mifepristone, which works by blocking the hormone progesterone, causing the uterine wall to break down and basically suffocating the unborn baby. A second drug, misoprostol, then induces contractions to expel the unborn child’s body.

Pro-life advocates also are concerned that the new do-it-yourself abortion push could be misused by abusive men who want to force women to abort their unborn babies.